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Micah 5:3  (King James Version)

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Micah 5:3

"Therefore (because of His settled plan) will God give up to their foes His people Israel, until," etc.

she which travaileth hath brought forth—namely, "the virgin" mother, mentioned by Micah's contemporary, Isaiah 7:14. Zion "in travail" (Micah 4:9-10) answers to the virgin in travail of Messiah. Israel's deliverance from her long travail-pains of sorrow will synchronize with the appearance oœ Messiah as her Redeemer (Romans 11:26) in the last days, as the Church's spiritual deliverance synchronized with the virgin's giving birth to Him at His first advent. The ancient Church's travail-like waiting for Messiah is represented by the virgin's travail. Hence, both may be meant. It cannot be restricted to the Virgin Mary: for Israel is still "given up," though Messiah has been "brought forth" almost two thousand years ago. But the Church's throes are included, which are only to be ended when Christ, having been preached for a witness to all nations, shall at last appear as the Deliverer of Jacob, and when the times of the Gentiles shall be fulfilled, and Israel as a nation shall be born in a day (Isaiah 66:7-11; Luke 21:24; Revelation 12:1-2, Revelation 12:4; compare Romans 8:22).

the remnant of his brethren shall return unto the children of Israel—(Compare Micah 4:7). The remainder of the Israelites dispersed in foreign lands shall return to join their countrymen in Canaan. The Hebrew for "unto" is, literally, "upon," implying superaddition to those already gathered.

Other Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown entries containing Micah 5:3:

Isaiah 7:14
Isaiah 9:4
Isaiah 26:17
Micah 5:1
Micah 5:7
Micah 7:18


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